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  • 2 months COVID-19 vaccine: Reps urge WHO to tackle discrimination DailyTrust
    The House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the World Health Organisation to tackle discriminatory practices on COVID-19 vaccine researches and trials. Chairman, House Committee on Healthcare Services, Tanko Sununu, made the call when the newly appointed WHO Country Representative, Walter Kazadi Mulombo, visited him at the National Assembly. Eid -el-kabir: FRSC to sanction motorists who violate COVID-19 guidelines COVID-19: India likely to launch vaccine Sununu said countries of the world must be allowed to  have access to the vaccines irrespective of their status in the comity of nations. Earlier, Mulombo reiterated the commitment of the WHO to ... more
  • 2 months State rehabilitation centres in ruins DailyTrust
    Inmates abandoned by parents in Taraba Erosion threatens Enugu centre Lack of facilities aids drug addiction in Kaduna Katsina donates centre for NDLEA Parents, govts not fair to those with special needs – Psychologist   Rehabilitation centres belonging to state governments across the country are left in ruins as their structures and facilities are in decrepit conditions, investigation by Daily Trust has shown. Searchlights were beamed on state rehabilitation centres following last year’s raids on private reformation or “torture” centres by government officials and security agents in some ... more
  • 2 months Nigeria’s debt to hit N33trn as FG plans fresh N4.28trn loan DailyTrust
    Experts divided on borrowing Senate asks Buhari to submit 2021 budget by Sept   Nigeria’s debt burden will hit N32.91trillion as the Federal Government has notified the National Assembly of a fresh plan to borrow N4.28 trillion to fund the 2021 budget. Daily Trust reports that the country’s debt stocks currently stood at N28.63trn  at the first quarter 2020. This even as just only about 30 percent of the 2020 budged has been implemented so far. The planned borrowing of N4.28trn was contained in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) ... more
  • 2 months Fani-Kayode: 5 title holders resign as emir gets 24hrs ultimatum DailyTrust
    Why I facilitated conferment of title – Shinkafi   Five Shinkafi Emirate Council members in Zamfara State have relinquished their chieftaincy titles over the conferment of a title on a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, Daily Trust has learnt. The conferment of Sadaukin Shinkafi title on Fani-Kayode by the Emir of Shinkafi, Alhaji Muhammad Isah Makwashe, has elicited a lot of criticisms from different quarters in the state. Those who resigned their positions as members of the emirate council are Sardaunan Shinkafi, Alhaji Bilyaminu Shinkafi; Iyar Shinkafi Hajiya Hadiza Abdulaziz Yari; Uban Marayun Shinkafi, Dr ... more
  • 2 months ‘You can’t land here’ DailyTrust
    -UK, Canada says Nigerian airlines can’t evacuate would-be returnees, hundreds stranded Despite the insistence of the Federal Government that Nigerian airlines would be allowed to evacuate its citizens stranded abroad in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the decision by Canada and of recent the United Kingdom to deny a Nigerian carrier landing permit is raising dust, Daily Trust reports!   Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic globally, countries have imposed sweeping flights restrictions to contain the spread of the disease. This development, however, left many people stranded worldwide, with Nigerians not exempted. In March, the Federal ... more
  • 2 months Combating Cybercrime: The time to do more DailyTrust
    The recent arrest of famous Nigerian celebrity, Ramon Abbas Olorunwa, popularly known as Hushpuppi, has widely been reported both in Nigerian and international media. Hushpuppi was arrested last month together with Jacob Olalekan Ponle (Woodberry) and ten others in Dubai at a luxury apartment in a joint international Cybercrime operation by the Dubai Police, FBI and Interpol. He is accused of committing various cybercrimes including Business Email Compromise (BEC), Internet fraud, Impersonation, Hacking and money laundering among other charges. Only last month, another famous Nigerian, Invictus Obinwanne Okeke, popularly known as Invictus Obi, pleaded guilty in the US for cybercrime. ... more
  • 2 months Niger’s ASB: Irregular Nigerian politician DailyTrust
    It has been a breath of fresh air in the last five years. No longer the noise, no longer a personality show, but under the leadership of Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello (ASB), the system of political engagement in Niger State has witnessed tremendous shift. It has been one of a people-centered approach. For ASB, the greatest measure of true leadership is in beating a fresh path, not seen in the annals of the Power State; one laden with strength of character, charisma and courage; a leader not afraid to ditch the ‘business as usual mentality’; one who dares to be different. ... more
  • 2 months Requiem for a woman of firsts DailyTrust
    Before her death on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF)’s first female combat helicopter pilot, flew fine lines, defending the territorial integrity of the nation from and through the air. She rose from the beacon of human struggles to lofty heights of nobility. The significance of her days on earth compelled celebration of her heroism and professionalism. She had found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well. Though she was young, her ... more
  • 2 months Mitigate effects of flood on Nigerians DailyTrust
    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), last week warned that 102 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in 28 states are at the risk of flooding this year. The agency added that, 275 LGAs across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory would witness moderate flooding, while some 397 LGAs were at ‘low probable flood risk.’ Alerts about floods is an annual ritual in Nigeria, an indication that the Nigerian Meteorological Services (NiMET) is equipped to predict the level of rainfall in all parts of the country for, at least, six months ahead. However, in the last few ... more
  • 2 months It is our money DailyTrust
    If you wrote  a movie script to capture a bit of the story of contemporary Nigeria, you could not better the gripping drama around our – yes, you read right – our billions that a handful of people mostly from the Niger Delta region thought they could, as usual, quietly just pocket away N80bn frittered at a time of great need. There will still be people today who will argue that the word fritter has no place where billions are spent in the Niger Delta on a few powerful locals and shadowy representatives of communities. That type of tactic used ... more
  • 2 months Stamp Duty: FIRS orders landlords, agents on 6% charge remittance DailyTrust
    The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has called on landlords and property agents to ensure they charge 6 percent Stamp Duty on all tenancy and lease agreements they enter into with all renters and remit the same promptly to the Service in line with the provisions of the Stamp Duty Act. Chairman of the Service, Mr. Muhammad Nami stated this following the recent release and circulation of a stamp duty clarification guide. According to him, property-related transactions like tenancy or lease agreement fall under the Ad Valorem category of the stamp duty which attracts 6 percent duty payable in percentage ... more
  • 2 months Zenke unhappy COVID-19 denied Enyimba 9th league title DailyTrust
    Enyimba International football club of Aba attacking winger Thomas Zenke is sad that the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus has denied the ‘Peoples elephants’ their 9th Nigerian league title. It will be recalled that due to COVID-19, the 2020 Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, season was suspended indefinitely by the League Management Company on March 18 after week 25. As at week 25, Enyimba who were still in the CAF Confederations Cup had played only 20 matches with five outstanding fixtures. Consequently, when the Club Owners decided to end the season using the Points Per Game mechanism, Enyimba moved from ... more
  • 2 months Iheanacho competes with Maddison and Vardy for Leicester City award DailyTrust
    Kelechi Iheanacho’s strike against Brentford has been nominated for the Leicester City Goal of the Season award. The Nigeria international’s strike helped the Foxes beat the Bees 1-0 in January’s FA Cup fourth round encounter at Griffin Park. The Super Eagles forward beat goalkeeper Luke Daniels from close range after controlling a cross from defender James Justin in the encounter’s fourth minute. That effort will compete with that of the club’s top scorer Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira, Ayoze Perez, Harvey Barnes, Ben Chilwell and Hamza Choudhury for the Foxes’ best goal in the season under review – which ... more
  • 2 months Ronaldo targets more records as Juve close in on title DailyTrust
    Cristiano Ronaldo is eyeing more records as Juventus head for Udinese on Thursday with a ninth consecutive Serie A title within their grasp. Ronaldo scored a double on Monday against Lazio to bring his tally to 51 Serie A goals since arriving in Turin in July 2018. The 35-year-old not only became the first player to achieve a half century of goals in Italy, Spain and England, but was also the fastest, doing so in 61 league games. Last year the five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored 21 goals in his first season in Italy, but thanks to his brace against ... more
  • 2 months Man United squeeze into CL places after Hammers draw DailyTrust
    Manchester United yesterday edged closer to qualifying for the Champions League as Mason Greenwood rescued a 1-1 draw against West Ham. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side fell behind to Michail Antonio’s penalty in the first half at Old Trafford. But teenage forward Greenwood struck after the interval to lift United into third place in the Premier League. United are ahead of fourth placed Chelsea on goal difference after the ‘Blues’ suffered a crushing 3-5 loss at Anfield against champions Liverpool United will finish in the top four if they draw or win in their decisive showdown with fifth placed Leicester on ... more
  • 2 months Fleetwood returns to golf after four months off DailyTrust
    Britain’s Tommy Fleetwood, a major runner-up in 2018 and 2019, makes his return to golf after a four-month coronavirus pandemic layoff on Thursday at the US PGA 3M Open. The 29-year-old Englishman, second to Ireland’s Shane Lowry by six strokes in the 2019 British Open at Portrush, tees off Thursday morning at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota. Fleetwood, who will play alongside fourth-ranked American Dustin Johnson and rising US star Tony Finau in the first two rounds, also finished second at the 2018 US Open, one stroke behind Brooks Koepka at Shinnecock Hills. This will be the first start ... more
  • 2 months Madagascar’s COVID-19 solution and perils of soldiering for African cures DailyTrust
    Recent reports about the trajectory of the COVID-19 in Madagascar shows an uptick in the rise of infections and deaths. According to reports, public hospitals in the country are only admitting patients with severe symptoms because the surge in cases has simply overwhelmed the healthcare facilities of the Indian Ocean island nation, which lies   approximately 400 kilometres (250 miles) off the coast of East Africa.  In fact, the region where the capital, Antananarivo, is located has been placed on temporary lockdown following a spike in new cases. In what may amount to eating the humble pie, the country’s president,  Andry ... more
  • 2 months Buhari condemns killing of 5 aid workers in Borno DailyTrust
    President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the recent murder of five staff of humanitarian agencies in Borno State, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram Terrorists a month ago. President Buhari, in a statement issued on Wednesday night by his media aide, Garba Shehu, sympathised with the families of the five aid workers. Boko Haram kills abducted aid workers, security guard Court fixes Sept 22 for maid’s trial over attempted murder The President, who prayed that God will comfort them for their irreplaceable loss, assured the families that his government will continue to do all it can to ensure that ... more
  • 2 months West Brom promoted to the Premier League DailyTrust
    West Bromwich Albion clinched promotion to the Premier League with a 2-2 draw against QPR as rivals Brentford faltered on a dramatic final day of the Championship season. Slaven Bilic’s side will join Championship title winners Leeds in the top-flight next season after a nail-biting Wednesday night at the Hawthorns. More to come as Chelsea look to bridge the gap — Lampard Lampard encouraged by Werner’s decision to join Chelsea With third-placed Brentford beaten 2-1 by Barnsley and fourth-placed Fulham held to a 1-1 draw at Wigan, Albion finished in second place to secure their return to the ... more
  • 2 months Ogun to reopen churches, mosques DailyTrust
    Ogun State Government on Wednesday set machinery in motion towards reopening of worship centres, barely four months after they were closed as part of moves to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections. In March, following its ban on high density gathering, the state government banned congregational service at the worship centres, in furtherance to its effort at curtailing the spread of COVID-19. 4 dead, 2 injured, as car plunges into Ogun river Man gets life imprisonment for raping two year-old girl in Ogun Daily Trust reports that early last month, the government met with religious leaders and tentatively ... more
  • 2 months Traditional ruler fakes abduction to avoid arrest in Nasarawa — Police DailyTrust
    A traditional ruler, Ardo of Udege, Alhaji Muhammad Dankawo was alleged to have faked his abduction to evade arrest by the Police. It was reported that the traditional ruler was kidnapped by gunmen in Udege Development Area of Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State Life sentence for kidnappers Buratai: Terrorism, banditry, insurgency, kidnapping can end sooner than expected Daily Trust gathered his abductors reportedly demanded a ransom of N7m for his release. But the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bola Longe refuted the claim. He said, “The man was not abducted. We are looking for him to ... more
  • 2 months 50-yr-old farmer held for raping woman in Benue DailyTrust
    A 50-year-old farmer, Gbaeren Aduu has been remanded at the Police Detention Facility on the orders of a Makurdi Chief Magistrate for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a middle-aged woman without her consent. Police Prosecutor told the court that the victim (name withheld) had on July 1, 2020 reported at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Makurdi in May, 2020 that the incident occurred when she went for treatment of stroke in the house of one Apollos Jiki of Achia, Ikurav- ya, Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State. Girl, 10, raped by 5 men in Kaduna Gbajabiamila ... more
  • 2 months COVID-19 has increased ICT value in Nigeria – NITDA DailyTrust
    The COVID-19 pandemic and global lockdown have become a leading factor for Nigerians to realize the key values of Information and Communications Technology especially in closing distances and disseminating information. The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Malam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, disclosed this on Wednesday at the Webinar for Nigerian IT & IT Security Community with the theme, “Back To Basics – COVID-19 & Critical Security Controls” organised by the agency, in partnership with Africa’s emerging cyber security VAD leader, Spire Solutions. Digital economy: 75000 to get NITDA training in Kaduna We Must Prepare for Post COVID-19 ... more
  • 2 months FEC approves N75bn youth investment fund DailyTrust
    The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the establishment of a Nigerian youth investment fund for N75 billion. The Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, disclosed this to State House reporters after over eight hours meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari. ‘How N-Power experiences spurred us into entrepreneurship’ N-Power: 109,823 beneficiaries now business owners – Minister The youth bank’ is created to support youth enterprise among Nigeria’s 68 million youth between ages of 18 and 35. According to him, youth within this age group with genuine business ideas are to pitch their ideas in any of the ... more
  • 2 months PDP asks Presidency to respond to Ndume’s claim on military underfunding DailyTrust
    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Presidency to respond to comments by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, that the Buhari administration’s under-funding of the military was responsible for the persistent insecurity in the country. The party also demanded Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state to come clean on his alleged connections with marauders and bandits ravaging his state, following his attempt to allegedly politicize the issue by claiming that opposition elements were behind the banditry in the state. I didn’t ask for sack of Service Chiefs — Ndume Buhari to Senate: Sack of ... more
  • 2 months Peace mission: Buhari off to Mali Thursday DailyTrust
    President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday leave for Bamako, Republic of Mali, on a one-day visit. The trip follows the briefing President Buhari received from the ECOWAS Special Envoy to the country, former President Goodluck Jonathan. Mali crisis: Buhari gets report from Jonathan, to consult ECOWAS leaders Mali opposition spurns crisis mediation offer The President and some ECOWAS leaders led by the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the sub-regional organisation, President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger Republic, agreed to meet in Mali to engage in further consultations towards finding a political solution to ... more
  • 2 months ‘How kidnappers killed, dumped my 15-yr-old son in well after collecting N1.5m ransom’ DailyTrust
    Mr. Eguaku Anya, father of a 15-year-old boy on Wednesday narrated how kidnappers abducted his son, Stephen Anya, killed him and dumped the body inside a shallow well after receiving N1.5million ransom for his release. The prime suspect in the crime, one Joseph Sylvester was among the 207 kidnappers and other criminal suspects paraded by the Kaduna State Police Command on Wednesday. Buratai: Terrorism, banditry, insurgency, kidnapping can end sooner than expected Life sentence for kidnappers Mr. Anya while speaking with journalist said the kidnappers who broke into his house, kidnapped his son, destroyed valuable properties and took ... more
  • 2 months ‘Buhari tsunami’ won’t work for us in 2023, APC tells members DailyTrust
    The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said no candidate or aspirant for the 2023 general election in the party should count on President Muhammadu Buhari’s “cover” to win the election. The ruling party said grassroots mobilisation and vigorous campaigns at the grassroots were key to ensuring that the APC retains power beyond 2023. APC appeal panel sits without petition against Akeredolu APC, PDP trade words over ‘sleaze’ in NDDC Tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari who was elected on the platform of the APC in 2015 and re-elected in the 2019 general elections would elapse in 2023, when another ... more
  • 2 months Over 20 persons burnt to death in Delta tanker explosion DailyTrust
    At least 20 persons were reportedly burnt to death when a tanker laden with petroleum product exploded around Koko Junction section of the Benin/Saepele Expressway in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State. The incident, according to sources, occurred around 11:00am on Wednesday. Anambra tanker explosion: Police confirm one dead, 2 injured Police arrest alleged mastermind of Abule-Ado explosion Our Correspondent gathered that the tanker burst into flames after it fell into a ditch around Koko and Ologbo axis of the Benin/Sapele expressway in Ethiope West Local Government Area of the State. Several vehicles on the road ... more
  • 2 months Man bags two-year imprisonment for plotting to bomb NNPC, NASS DailyTrust
    A 35 year-old man, Mr. Godwin Adeoye, has been convicted for allegedly planning to bomb the National Assembly and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). A Chief Magistrate Court 2, sitting in Lokoja, Kogi State on Wednesday, sentenced Adeoye to two years in prison for the offence. Mr Adeoye, an indigene of Okene who resides in Obehira Ihima, Okehi local government area of the State, was picked by the State Security Service, self-styled as the Department of State Services, DSS on 13th May 2020. He was later charged to court over allegations of intimidation and threat to bomb national assets. ... more
  • 2 months Brazil’s president tests positive for Covid-19 a third time DailyTrust
    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has again tested positive for COVID-19, the country’s Communications Ministry said on Wednesday. The 65-year-old is in good health, the ministry told dpa by email. Brazil threatens to quit WHO Brazil Health minister sacked amid coronavirus crisis “Bolsonaro has no fever and his breathing, heartbeat and blood pressure are normal,’’ CNN Brazil reported. The positive test result was at least the third for the far-right populist president, who for months downplayed the severity of the pandemic and still advocates keeping the economy open. Bolsonaro is currently working from his residence. Several of his ministers ... more
  • 2 months Ronaldo targets more records as Juve close in on title DailyTrust
    Cristiano Ronaldo is eyeing more records as Juventus head for Udinese on Thursday with a ninth consecutive Serie A title within their grasp. Ronaldo scored a double on Monday against Lazio to bring his tally to 51 Serie A goals since arriving in Turin in July 2018. Interesting facts about Ronaldo, Messi’s 700 career goals Ronaldo sets new records in Juve’s win against Torino The 35-year-old not only became the first player to achieve a half century of goals in Italy, Spain and England, but was also the fastest, doing so in 61 league games. Last year the ... more
  • 2 months Army Depot Zaria gets new Commandant DailyTrust
    The newly appointed Commandant, Depot, Nigerian Army Zaria, Maj-Gen. Kabir Mukhtar on Wednesday assumed command of the military training institution. Capt. Audu Arigu, Assistant Director Public Relations, Depot Nigerian Army made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday in Zaria. Nigerian Army redeploys 37 Generals in a major shake up Banditry: Arewa Group drums support for Army’s Operation Sahel Sanity He said the colourful traditional military handing and taking over ceremony saw the winning in and winning out of the incoming and outgoing Commandant at the Buffalo Officers Mess. The statement quoted the immediate past Commandant, Maj-Gen. ... more
  • 2 months FAAN berates DSS operative for slapping staff DailyTrust
    The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has alleged that the head of the Department of State Security (DSS) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja, Mr Safiyanu Abba, breached security procedure at the airport and also assaulted a FAAN aviation security (AVSEC) staff. FAAN in a tweet on it’s official twitter handle @FAAN_Official said: “We note with dismay that Mr Safiyanu Abba, the Head of DSS at NAIA deliberately obstructed airport Security process, and slapped an Aviation Security Officer who was performing his duty by calling on Mr Safiyanu Abba to desist from doing so.” FAAN ... more
  • 2 months Zamfara Emir gets ultimatum to withdraw Fani-Kayode’s traditional title DailyTrust
    The Emir of Shinkafi, Alhaji Muhammad Makwashe has been given 24-hour ultimatum to withdraw the traditional title he conferred on former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode. This is as two traditional titleholders in the emirate resigned their positions in protest against the conferment of Sadaukin Shinkafi on Fani Kayode. The two traditional title holders that resigned are Dr Sulaiman Shuaibu Shinkafi who held the title of Sarkin Shanun Shinkafi and Dr Tijjani Salihu Shinkafi who was the ‘Sarkin Marayun Shinkafi’. Fani Kayode bags traditional title in Zamfara Disquiet in Zamfara over conferment of title on Fani – Kayode Speaking ... more
  • 2 months Fact-check: Is the NDE accepting applications for the 774,000 social works programme? DailyTrust
    Claim: A Facebook page published a post calling on job seekers to submit applications to the state offices of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) for the Federal Government’s proposed 774,000 jobs under its Special Public Works (SPW) Programme.  Verdict:  The claim made by the Facebook page that the NDE was receiving applications for the  Federal Government’s proposed 774,000 jobs is false. The NDE and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, have separately debunked the claim. A Facebook page with the name “Mukhtar Salihu Mukhtar” with a followership of 4,999 users, released ... more
  • 2 months Italy: Police arrest 15 members of Nigerian cult gang DailyTrust
    Operatives of the Italian Police Force have arrested no fewer than 15 Nigerians who are believed to be members of the ‘Eiye’ confraternity. Members of the gang were also being accused of intimidating young girls into prostitution, money laundering, amongst others. Edo governorship: APC, PDP bicker over recruitment of cultists 2 cult gang members in police net over attacks on Ijede residents They were arrested in an operation dubbed “Pesha” which ended Tuesday morning. Most of those detained were in Italy illegally, police said. In a statement on Tuesday, the Italian Police Force, known as Polizia di Stato, said ... more
  • 2 months Senate confirms 39 non-career ambassadorial nominees DailyTrust
    The Senate, on Wednesday, confirmed the appointment of 39 non-career Ambassadors-designate. The Red Chamber also approved the nomination of Mr Suleiman Sani from FCT as career ambassador. Senators slam ambassadorial nominee over comments on APC Buhari replaces 2 non-career ambassadors-designate The confirmation of the nominees followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committees on Foreign Affairs, chaired by Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa (Bauchi North). President Muhammadu Buhari, in a letter to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said the appointment of the nominees was in accordance to section 171 (1),(2)(c) and subsection (4) of the 1999 Constitution of ... more
  • 2 months 31-yr-old man bags 9 years imprisonment for raping minor DailyTrust
    A Magistrate Court siting in Igarra, Edo state on Wednesday sentenced a 31-year-old man, Sunday Akpeji, to nine years in the correctional centre for raping a seven-year-old girl. The convict, a security guard was arraigned on a one-count charge of defiling a minor. Girl, 10, raped by 5 men in Kaduna Kano lawmakers seek castration as rape punishment The Prosecutor, Obeze Samuel, had told the court that the convict committed the offence at night time on August 19, 2019 at Enwan/Ososo Road, Uffa Quarters, Igarra in Akoko, Edo Local Government Area of Edo. According to him, the convict, ... more
  • 2 months Storey building collapses in Ebonyi DailyTrust
    An uncompleted three storey building located opposite Abakaliki Local Government Council Headquarters of Ebonyi State, on Wednesday, collapsed. The incident happened at the early hours of Wednesday morning. Two children, policewoman die in Lagos building collapse Building collapse: Institute urges FG to revive steel industry Ebonyi State Commissioner of Internal Security and Border Peace, Mr. Staley Emegha, who was on ground at the site with the Special Assistant to the Governor on Capital, Mrs Chinyelu Udoku, has directed that the site be sealed up. Hon Emegha also directed that the site engineer be arrested by the police immediately. ... more
  • 2 months How Kannywood fan attempted suicide over Maryam Yahaya DailyTrust
    An ardent fan of Maryam Yahaya, a Kannywood movie sensational, has reportedly poisoned himself when he could not meet the actress after trekking from Yobe State to Kano. The young man, whose name could not be ascertained at the time of filing this story, reportedly took ‘Sniper’ – a poisonous substance – with a view to killing himself out of frustration. Kannywood’s Maryam Yahaya opens a beauty shop Maryam Yahaya’s nose piercing picture sparks reactions from fans He was said to have been taken to a hospital by the Kano State Hisbah, where he was resuscitated. Confirming the ... more
  • 2 months Gunmen abduct 4 Chinese workers in Cross River DailyTrust
    Four Chinese workers have been kidnapped at gun point on Wednesday, 22 July 2020. The Police in the state have confirmed the abduction. 17 feared dead as gunmen attack communities, Police Station in Kaduna Nigerian government begins checks into documents of Chinese in Nigeria Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the state, Irene Ugbo, said they have deployed men of the anti-kidnapping and cultism squad as well as mobile policemen to Oban community in Akamkpa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state in search of the kidnappers. Sources confirmed that the workers’ names as: Kan Jinxi, Hujinchang, Jiang ... more
  • 2 months Eid-el-Kabir: Kano government bans Sallah festivities DailyTrust
    Kano State Government has cancelled all traditional Sallah festivities to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir in the state. The government said the decision was part of its effort to consolidate on the successes achieved in the fight against COVID-9 and the relaxation of lockdown in many states of the federation, including Kano. Is Kano becoming hideout for criminals? COVID-19: Kano assembly passes N138.2bn revised budget The state’s Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, in a briefing with journalists on Wednesday, said the decision was taken at the State Executive Council’s meeting held on Tuesday. He said, while permission was granted ... more
  • 2 months Buhari chairs 9th virtual FEC, honours Isa Funtua DailyTrust
    President Muhmmadu Buhari is currently chairing the 9th virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. At the commencement of the meeting, after the recitation of the National Anthem, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, called for a minute silence in honour of late Malam Isa Funtua, who passed away on Monday. CBN launches grant for infectious diseases research Dignitaries mourn as Isa Funtua bids Nigeria farewell The FEC meeting, which took off about 10am, was being attended physically by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); the SGF, Mustapha; the ... more
  • 2 months Is Kano becoming hideout for criminals? DailyTrust
    In the past few months, security operatives have arrested many suspected criminals who either perpetrated crimes in Kano or use the state as hideout. Although, there are indigenes who commit various crimes, the number of suspected criminals arrested by security operatives, who confessed to have come to Kano to either commit crimes or hide has drawn the attention of many. Strict COVID-19 protocols, poor patronage as Kano airport reopens PHOTOS: Domestic flights resume at Aminu Kano Airport Some of the suspected criminals who were arrested in Kano in recent times include; Kidnappers of Magajin Daura The Magajin Daura, ... more
  • 2 months Governor Fayemi tests positive for COVID-19 DailyTrust
    The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday morning, announced he has tested positive for COVID-19. He disclosed this via a post on his Twitter handle; @kfayemi. COVID-19: Oxford vaccine produces strong immune response Impact of COVID-19 on Nigerian adolescents He tweeted: “I took my third COVID-19 test yesterday [Tuesday] and it came back positive. “I’m generally ok and I’m already self isolating at home and receiving the best of care from my medical team. “I’m delegating critical tasks to my deputy but will continue routine duty from home.” I took my third Covid-19 test yesterday ... more
  • 2 months Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases hit 37,801 as Trump predicts ‘worse days’ ahead DailyTrust
    Nigeria, on Tuesday, recorded 576 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total infections to 37, 801 in the country. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known on its official twitter handle on Tuesday night. COVID-19: Oxford vaccine produces strong immune response Impact of COVID-19 on Nigerian adolescents The centre also said that four deaths were recorded in the country. It said that the 576 new cases were reported from 22 states. The NCDC said out of the 37,801 confirmed cases, 15,677 cases have been treated and discharged. It added that a total of 805 deaths ... more
  • 2 months Meet seven nominees battling Okonjo Iweala for WTO top job DailyTrust
    The contest for the office of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is on as eight nominees set to battle for the world trade top job. The eight candidates who have registered their interest to run the race include three from Africa, two from Europe, and one each from Middle-East, Asia and North America. WTO: Trade Minister inaugurates campaign team for Okonjo-Iweala WTO: Okonjo-Iweala thanks Buhari, ECOWAS, others However, there are three women and five men. It is also important to note that out of the six previous director-generals; three were from Europe while Thailand, New ... more
  • 2 months Govt alone can’t revamp basic education infrastructure – FG DailyTrust
    The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has said the state of dilapidation of basic education infrastructure across the country is embarrassing, but that the Federal Government cannot handle it alone. Nwajiuba said this while presenting the Royal Icon of Hope for Nigerian Children award to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, in his palace on Tuesday. Senate wants Almajiri education integrated into formal system Education: North still lagging behind — Tambuwal He said there was, therefore, the need for the private sector to get involved. Represented by his Special Assistant on Projects, Engr. Adewale ... more
  • 2 months Service Chiefs: Don’t hijack Buhari’s power as Commander-in-Chief, group warns Senate DailyTrust
    The All Progressive Ambassadors for Change (APAC) has warned the Senate over attempts to hijack the President’s constitutional authority as Commander-in-Chief with its call for the Service Chiefs’ resignation .  The APC Ambassadors gave this warning on Wednesday in a statement signed by its President, Ambassador Mike Ikani, to address “The Senate and the politics of Insecurity.” I didn’t ask for sack of Service Chiefs — Ndume COVID-19: FG denies extending services of retiring workers According to the group, the Red Chambers’ call for the Service Chiefs to step aside is mere politics. “The All Progressive Ambassadors for ... more
  • 2 months Governor Ayade’s aide accused of rape slumps, dies DailyTrust
    A former commissioner for information in Cross River State, who was appointed special adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on biodiversity, Mr Edet Okon Asim, has reportedly slumped inside his car and died. Last year, he was accused of raping a maid. The case is still being heard in the court. It is reliably gathered from family sources and colleagues in government that Asim died in his car around Eta Agbo neighbourhood in Calabar. Our correspondent learned Asim’s body has been deposited in a morgue. ... more
  • 2 months We’ve evacuated 6,317 Nigerians – FG DailyTrust
    A total of 6,317 Nigerians have so far been evacuated from overseas countries since the coronavirus pandemic. Chairman, Nigeria in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said this in a statement on Tuesday ahead of the 2020 National Diaspora Day Celebration holding on July 25, 2020. She said 806 were evacuated from the United States in three batches, 831 from the United Kingdom also in three batches, 117 from Saudi Arabia, 372 from Cairo, 70 from France, 540 from India in three batches, 1,405 from UAE Dubai in five batches, 324 from Turkey in two batches and 365 from Sudan in three ... more
  • 2 months COVID-19: Observe Eid with decency, distancing, JNI advises Muslims DailyTrust
    Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has advised Muslims to observe the Eid prayer with decency and calmness, distancing and to avoid crowd in order to preserve their health and well-being. JNI in a statement by its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, issued on Tuesday in Kaduna, further advised that caution be the watchword during the ‘Eid and after the festivity. Living with Ramadan after Eid How Jos children celebrated Eid-el-fitr under lockdown It then urged the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to engage in more spiritual activity and rededication, during the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah which are likely to commence ... more
  • 2 months 4 dead, 2 injured, as car plunges into Ogunriver DailyTrust
    Four persons died on Tuesday while two others sustained injuries when an Opel car plunged into Ososa River in Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State. Daily Trust gathered that the vehicle, marked GGE 596 DV heading to Sagamu from Ijebu-Ode, plunged into the river at the second bridge around 10:20am on Tuesday. Multiple road accidents kill 2, injured 6 in Anambra Air Force rules Tolulope death an accident It was further learnt that the driver of the commercial vehicle had lost control of the wheel due to speeding and subsequently careened into the river. The spokesman of ... more
  • 2 months Nigerian airports not shut till October — FG DailyTrust
    The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) on Tuesday clarified the notice to airmen (NOTAM) on the extension of ban on international flights. The agency debunked insinuation that Nigerian Airports have been shut to international flights until the middle of October, 2020. Senate backs COVID-19 protocols at airports, wants travel ban for violators I didn’t assault any airport official — Yari “Indeed, such speculations are entirely untrue,” it stated in a statement by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Khalid Emele. Daily Trust reports that NAMA had earlier issued a NOTAM, stating that the Federal Government of Nigeria has extended ... more
  • 2 months Man in police net for defiling stepdaughter DailyTrust
    The Police in Adamawa State have arrested a 39-year-old man, Obiora Patrick, for defiling his nine-year-old stepdaughter. In a statement, the state police spokesman, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, said the suspect made confessional statements while the victim was undergoing medical checkup. Recruitment: See requirements for Police constable job Abia jailbreak: Police begin manhunt for 9 escapees DSP Nguroje appealed for support from members of the public in the fight against sexual violence and related crimes, and called on parents to pay attention to their children. He said, “The Adamawa State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that ... more
  • 2 months Disquiet in Zamfara over conferment of title on Fani – Kayode DailyTrust
    The traditional title conferred on a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, by the Emir of Shinkafi, Alhaji Muhammad Isah Makwashe, has generated condemnation in the state especially in social media circles. The emir had conferred the title of “Sadaukin Shinkafi” on the former minister. Fani-Kayode to FG: No going back on Amotekun Fani-Kayode defends Obasanjo But the conferment of the traditional title has generated criticisms from different quarters in the state, with many people citing how Fani-Kayode was very fond of attacking Islam, northerners, and everything that has to do with their culture. Also, a statement issued ... more
  • 2 months COVID-19: Kano assembly passes N138.2bn revised budget DailyTrust
    Kano State House of Assembly has passed into law an amendment bill for the revision of the 2020 budget from over N206 billion to N138.2 billion. The bill was passed on Tuesday during plenary presided over by the speaker, Alhaji Abdulazeez Gafasa. Gunmen abduct lawmaker’s daughter in Kano Erosion threatens Shagari Quarters, Maidile communities in Kano Briefing journalists after the proceedings, the Majority Leader of the House, Kabiru Hassan Dashi, said the amendment was about reducing the size of the budget due to the prevailing economic realities occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. Daily Trust reports that the revised ... more
  • 2 months Police minister self-isolates DailyTrust
    The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, has gone on self-isolation following his meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama who tested positive for COVID-19. The spokesman of the Police Affairs Ministry, Seyi Odutayo, disclosed this to Daily Trust on Tuesday. Covid -19: Group donates foodstuff to private school teachers in Kaduna COVID-19: Oxford vaccine produces strong immune response He said there was no cause for alarm among members of staff in the ministry. He stated: “The minister had to distance himself from people now because he visited foreign affairs minister who has been declared COVID-19 positive. “The ... more
  • 2 months Senate wants Almajiri education integrated into formal system DailyTrust
    The Senate on Tuesday urged the Ministry of Education to intensify its sensitization and engagement of traditional and religious scholars on the plight of Almajiris, and the need to enroll them into the universal basic education system. It made the call in the report of the Senate Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary) on the need to integrate Almajiri Education morning not the Modern System of Education in Nigeria. Buhari to Senate: Sack of service chiefs is a choice Drama as Senate walks out NDDC’s director from hearing The vice chairman of the committee, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, in ... more
  • 2 months As killings continue: Senate tells service chiefs to quit DailyTrust
    Their fate in Buhari’s hands – Presidency ‘Service chiefs should leave on moral ground’ President should listen to people’s representatives – Experts Fresh attacks claim 14 in Kaduna, 16 abducted in Niger   The Senate yesterday asked Nigeria’s Service Chiefs to resign their positions following the deteriorating security situation in the country. But the presidency quickly responded saying only President Muhammadu Buhari who is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces has the right to decide the fate of his service chiefs. However, senior officers, security experts and political scientists said ... more
  • 2 months Only NDE can implement 774,000 jobs scheme, N/Assembly insists DailyTrust
    …asks Keyamo to hands off   The National Assembly yesterday said the implementation of the 774,000 jobs scheme remained under the purview of the National Directorate of Employment. It asked the Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Festus Keyamo, to recuse himself from the implementation of the 774,000 special works scheme. Keyamo had been at loggerheads with the federal lawmakers over who should control the implementation of the programme. The National Assembly said the N52bn was appropriated for the NDE to implement the programme. It therefore urged the ministry to stick to its supervisory ... more
  • 2 months Isa Funtua buried in Abuja DailyTrust
    Obasanjo, govs, Tinubu, Gbajabiamila, others mourn   An elder statesman and minister during the Second Republic, Malam Ismaila Isa Funtua, who died aged 78 on Monday, was buried yesterday at the Gudu Cemetery, Abuja. Funeral prayers were earlier held yesterday at the Shehu Shagari Central Mosque Area 1. Dignitaries present at the funeral included the governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, the chairman of the Board of Directors of Media Trust Limited, Malam Kabiru Yusuf;  a former FCT Minister, Aliyu Modibbo Umar; a former Minister of State for Health, Aliyu Idi Hong; a former Ogun ... more
  • 2 months Nigeria owes Funtua debt of gratitude – Obasanjo DailyTrust
    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in a statement yesterday in Abeokuta by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, described Funtua’s demise as “grievous loss to the country and his family.” He said Nigeria owed the Late Funtua debt of gratitude for his invaluable contributions to the development of both public and private sectors. He described Funtua as a well-respected elder-statesman, an accomplished business mogul/publisher, an astute politician and a frontline industrialist whose various contributions to the development of governance and public administration “have ensured for him an evergreen memory in the hearts of many admirers and associates.” “For his patriotism, courage, frankness ... more
  • 2 months PDP lauds Funtua’s roles in Nigeria’s devt DailyTrust
    The Peoples Democratic Party expressed sadness over Funtua’s death. The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, particularly commiserated with President Buhari over the death of  his very close confidant, long-time friend and associate. The PDP noted that Funtua would be remembered for the roles he played towards the development of the nation while alive.   ... more
  • 2 months He loved Nigeria with uncompromising passion – Tinubu DailyTrust
    The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, expressed sadness over Funtua’s death, describing it as a saddening national loss. Tinubu, in a statement, described the late nationalist newspaper publisher as a rare individual of immense talents, abilities and generosity. “We spoke but two days before, as we often do. He spoke vibrantly, with his trademark logic and deep knowledge. We ended our conversation agreeing to resume soon again. There was no indication that this would be our last talk. I had the distinct honour of knowing this man for many years. Malam Funtua loved our nation ... more
  • 2 months He lived a life full of service to humanity – Gbajabiamila DailyTrust
    The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, condoled with President Buhari over the death of his long time friend, Mallam Isma’ila Isah Funtu’a. Gbajabiamila, in a condolence message by his spokesman, Lanre Lasisi, said Funtua, a lifetime patron of NPAN and the International Press Institute, lived a life full of service to humanity.   ... more
  • 2 months Funtua, pillar of media education in Nigeria – NIJ DailyTrust
    The Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, has commiserated with Funtua’s family and described as the pillar of media education and professional practice in Nigeria. NIJ Provost Gbemiga Ogunleye said Funtua was more than a strong pillar of support for the institution. “He treated the institution as a major assignment, Almighty Allah bestowed on him, devoting his time and resources. He was a committed and passionate defender of freedom of speech, press freedom and democracy. “In pursuit of this commitment, he established the Democrat Newspaper during the era of military dictatorship in Nigeria. He was also quick to rally the media ... more
  • 2 months He championed right causes – Sanwo-Olu DailyTrust
    Lagos Governor, Sanwo-Olu, described Funtua’s death as a great loss to Nigeria, saying it happened at a time the country was desirous of more men of good conscience to offer wise counsel in the nation’s drive towards socio-political and economic development. Sanwo-Olu, in a statement signed by his spokesman, Gboyega Akosile, said Funtua lived a life of purpose, championing the right causes such as a free press which is the soul of democracy. ... more
  • 2 months He was a patriot, int’l media figure – IPI DailyTrust
    The International Press Institute expressed shock and profound sadness over the death of Funtua who was also its patron. The condolence message was jointly signed by Kabiru Yusuf,  Chairman, IPI Nigeria; Wada Maida, member, IPI Executive Board and Raheem Adedoyin, Secretary, IPI Nigeria. The statement said Funtua’s colossal influence and contributions to national development transversed the fields of public service, business, politics and the media.  “A man of immense international stature, Mallam Isma’ila was a  life patron of IPI- the global network of editors, senior journalists and media executives-  with a lifetime devotion to a free press. Severally, he led ... more
  • 2 months FG projects N12.65trn for 2021 budget DailyTrust
    The Federal Government has projected the sum of N12.65 trillion as budget for 2021. It also projected the sum of N5.16 trillion as budget deficit for 2021 up from N4.98trillion in the 2020 budget. This is contained in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) forwarded to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday for consideration and approval. FG projects N12.66trn budget for 2021 Presidency justifies increment in amended 2020 budget The final draft of the budget would be prepared based on the parameters and fiscal assumptions of the approved 2021-2023 MTEF/FSP. Buhari’s letter ... more
  • 2 months Nigeria receives $890 million to fight HIV, TB, malaria DailyTrust
    The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire has announced that the federal government received $890 million grant from the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis and malaria. He said the Global Fund has also approved a grant of US$21.9 million to support Nigeria’s COVID-19 response, following a proposal Nigeria’s Country Coordination Mechanism (CCM) submitted a few weeks ago. FG seeks $890m grant to fight HIV, TB, malaria Nigeria receives $225m grant for HIV, TB, malaria The CCM is the official national establishment, through which the Global Fund relates with fund recipient countries. The minister said the COVID-19 grant ... more
  • 2 months MSMEs award winners receive cars, cash after virtual edition  DailyTrust
    A total of 12 winners emerged at 3rd edition of the National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Awards held virtually last Thursday. Last week, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN headlined the Virtual Edition of the Annual MSMEs Awards and few days after, all the winners have now taken delivery of their cars, cheques and award plaques, according to a statement by Laolu Akande, the spokesman of Osinbajo. Kebbi female entrepreneur wins MSMEs’ awards Osinbajo unveils Buhari’s financial support for private schools, hotels, MSMEs Four brand new cars were won by awardees in four categories namely; MSME of ... more
  • 2 months Drama as Senate walks out NDDC’s director from hearing DailyTrust
    The Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, on Tuesday, walked out the Acting Executive Director, Projects of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Cairo Ojougboh out of an investigative hearing. Ojougboh was among the management team of the Commission, who appeared before the Senate panel probing the allegation of ‘illegal’ sacking of staff of NDDC. Reps give Akpabio 48 hours to name NASS members who got NDDC contracts Collapse of NDDC MD underlines weight of corruption in APC – PDP Trouble started when Ojougboh asked the Chairman of the committee, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, to step down. He ... more
  • 2 months Southern Kaduna insecurity is more complicated — Presidency DailyTrust
    The Presidency on Tuesday said revenge killings were worsening the security problems in Southern Kaduna State. A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said the problem of insecurity in Southern Kaduna State was more complicated than many people were willing to admit. Fresh attack claims 11 in Kaduna community 17 feared dead as gunmen attack communities, Police Station in Kaduna Shehu said from available records, Southern Kaduna enjoyed comprehensive security deployments, including the Army, Special Forces of both the Army and the Air Force, surveillance aircraft by the Air Force and mobile police units that were on ... more
  • 2 months COVID-19: Oxford vaccine produces strong immune response DailyTrust
    A team of scientists at Oxford University’s Jenner Institute and Oxford Vaccine Group have taken the next step towards the discovery of a safe, effective and accessible vaccine against coronavirus. The results of Phase I/II trial published on the 20th of July, 2020 in the scientific journal, The Lancet, indicate no early safety concerns and induces strong immune responses in both parts of the immune system. Finding a COVID-19 vaccine is our priority – UK Envoy to Nigeria Boost for Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine initiative The vaccine provoked a T cell response within 14 days of vaccination (white blood ... more
  • 2 months FIRS clarifies stamp duty rates, others DailyTrust
    Following several requests by taxpayers seeking clarifications on the current administration of Stamp Duties Act in the country, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has published detailed information to guide taxpayers and the general public on rates payable as stamp duty. The clarification guide, which is contained in a Public Notice signed by Executive Chairman, FIRS, Mr. Muhammad Nami, published on its website, stated that Stamp Duty is chargeable on both physical and electronic instruments in two ways i.e. Ad-valorem, where duty payable is a percentage of the consideration on an instrument; or Flat Rate, where a fixed sum is ... more
  • 2 months It is now mandatory for MTN, Glo, others to submit financial statements DailyTrust
    The Nigerian Communications Commissions (NCC) has said it is now mandatory on six of the Nigerian telecom licensees to submit their financial statements to the telecom industry regulator. NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday added that the mandatory submission of financial records on the six licensees will subsist for an initial period of two years after which the regulator may review the list to include other operators. Senate confirms Danbatta’s reappointment as NCC boss Poor telecom services: NCC received 26,169 complaints in 15 months The six licensees include ... more
  • 2 months Man gets life imprisonment for raping two year-old girl in Ogun DailyTrust
    An Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta on Tuesday sentenced a 35 year-old man Adekunle Olalere to life imprisonment for raping a two year- old girl. Olalere who resides at no 18, Bashorun street off unity road Olowotedo in Mowe, Obafemi – Owode LG, had pleaded not guilty to the one count charge against him. Girl, 10, raped by 5 men in Kaduna Of rape and the way forward He was arraigned for a one- count charge of having sexual intercourse with a two years old girl Delivering the judgment on Tuesday, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi  found him ... more
  • 2 months I didn’t ask for sack of Service Chiefs — Ndume DailyTrust
    The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has said that he refused to call for the sack of Service Chiefs because of the poor funding for the armed forces. Ndume, who represents Borno South in the upper legislative chamber, told journalists on Tuesday that his original motion failed to ask for the resignation of Service Chiefs because he was aware that the armed forces were grossly ill-equipped. Buhari to Senate: Sack of service chiefs is a choice Senate calls on Buratai, other service chiefs to resign The lawmaker’s explanation followed the reaction to the Senate’s resolution ... more
  • 2 months Ondo 2020: PDP gives guidelines for primary election DailyTrust
    The People’s Democratic Party in Ondo state has given guidelines for the conduct of its governorship primary election slated for Wednesday. In a statement signed by the state’s caretaker chairman, Engr Clement Faboyede, the party said only delegates, agents to the aspirants, journalists and security agents would be allowed into the venue of the primary which will take place at the state event centre, the DOME. Ondo PDP holds primary on July 22 Ondo Governorship: Meet the Eight aspirants battling for PDP ticket “No member of the party outside the above mentioned are allowed to come to the ... more
  • 2 months Ngige denies witch-hunting suspended NSITF management DailyTrust
    The Minister of Labour and employment, Chris Ngige has denied witch-hunting the suspended management of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and other parastatals under the ministry. He also denied all other allegations levelled against him by the NSITF management and others that appeared before the committee investigating an alleged breach of laid down rules in suspending the boards. Reps probe sack of NSITF, MBET, TCN managements NECA, NSTIF call for safe work environment for employees Ngige insisted that he took the decisions following reports of gross misconduct by the persons affected. According to him, he received ... more
  • 2 months Nigeria owes Isa Funtua debt of gratitude – Obasanjo DailyTrust
    Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has paid glowing tributes to the late business mogul and politician, Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, saying Nigeria owes him a debt of gratitude for his invaluable contributions to the development of both public and private sectors. The founding Managing Director of The Democrat Newspaper and former President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria died of cardiac arrest on Monday. Last meeting with Ismaila Isa Funtua Ismaila Isa Funtua (1942-2020) Obasanjo in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Tuesday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, described his demise as “grievous loss ... more
  • 2 months Ondo Governoship: Meet the Eight aspirants battling for PDP ticket DailyTrust
    Eight aspirants will on Wednesday battle for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP that would pitch them against the incumbent governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the October 10 election. The candidates include former Attorney General and commissioner for Justice of the state, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) who was the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in 2016 election. Ondo guber: Akeredolu emerges APC candidate Ondo police to bar politicians with security aides from voting venue Jegede comes from Ondo central senatorial district, He is the only aspirant from that district.
  • 2 months Senate confirms Danbatta’s reappointment as NCC boss DailyTrust
    The Nigerian Senate, the country’s upper legislative chamber, has officially confirmed the nomination of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta for reappointment as the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The Senate confirmed Danbatta during its plenary on Tuesday, following the consideration of the report of Senator Oluremi Tinubu-led Senate Committee on Communications. Poor telecom services: NCC received 26,169 complaints in 15 months COVID-19: FG tasks NCC on digital economy Danbatta had, on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, appeared before the Senate Screening Committee, and gave impressive accounts of his stewardship as ... more
  • 2 months Recruitment: See requirements for Police constable job DailyTrust
    The Nigerian Police Force have started the process of recruiting qualified Nigerians for the constable cadre. The Police announced that the online application would be opened for a period of 6 weeks, from the 14th of July to the 23rd of August, 2020. Recruitment: How to apply for Police constable job Police begin recruitment of constables The first requirement, according to DCP Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, is that applicants must have passion for a career in the Nigeria Police Force. Below are other requirements you need to meet to qualify for the position: Applicants ... more
  • 2 months Reps call for investigation on N17bn ‘spent’ on convicts, awaiting trial inmates DailyTrust
    The House of Representatives has called for an investigation into the N17 billion being spent annually on the feeding of convicts and awaiting trial inmates in correctional facilities across the country. This follows a motion by the House Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu (PDP, Delta) during plenary on Tuesday. Reps give Akpabio 48 hours to name NASS members who got NDDC contracts Reps probe sack of NSITF, MBET, TCN managements According to him, the Federal Government has appropriated over N613.5 billion to the Nigerian Correctional Service in the last ten years. “The Federal Government spends an average of N17 ... more
  • 2 months ‘International flights may resume September’ DailyTrust
    The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika has given the indication that international flights from Nigeria might resume in September 2020. On March 23rd 2020, Nigeria shut down its airspace as part of measures to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the country. Nigeria extends ban on international flights FG under pressure to lift ban on international flights Recently the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) issued a notice of the extension of the closure of international airspace until October 15 instead of August 19 as previously announced. But the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Sirika clarified that flights might ... more
  • 2 months My relationship with Buhari okay despite 2019 poll defeat — Jonathan DailyTrust
    Former President Goodluck Jonathan says his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari is “okay” despite suffering an electoral defeat in the 2015 presidential election to his successor. Jonathan said this on Tuesday while fielding questions from State House reporters at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, after briefing President Buhari on the crisis rocking the Republic of Mali as ECOWAS Special Envoy. Mali crisis: Buhari gets report from Jonathan, to consult ECOWAS leaders Buhari names train station after Jonathan He was accompanied by President of ECOWAS Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Kassi Brou. The former president, who was asked about his relationship with ... more
  • 2 months Buhari to Senate: Sack of service chiefs is a choice DailyTrust
    The Presidency on Tuesday told the Senate that the appointment or sack of service chiefs is a presidential prerogative. A presidential media aide, Femi Adesina, in a statement, said President Muhammadu Buhari would do what is in the best interest of the country at all times. Senate calls on Buratai, other service chiefs to resign Non-performing service chiefs can go — Senate President The statement titled ‘Service Chiefs: Position of Presidency on Resolution by the Senate’ read: “The Senate Tuesday adopted a resolution calling on the Service Chiefs to resign or be sacked due to the multi-pronged security ... more
  • 2 months Man, 46 remanded for raping minor in Benue DailyTrust
    A 46-year-old man, Alhaji Sani Hashim, has been remanded by a Makurdi Magistrate Court in Benue State for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl. The accused, who lives on No. 54 Bauchi Street in Wadata area of Makurdi suburb, allegedly committed the crime when the victim was sent to hawk groundnuts around the market vicinity. Girl, 10, raped by 5 men in Kaduna Gbajabiamila wants rape treated as pandemic The prosecution told the court that the complainant, Abdullazak Umuru of No. 8 Ejule Street, Wurukum in Makurdi, reported at the Police Area Command, Makurdi on July 7, 2020 at ... more
  • 2 months Senate ask Keyamo to step-down from 774,000 jobs implementation DailyTrust
    The Senate, on Tuesday, asked the Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Festus Keyamo, to recuse himself from the implementation of the 774,000 special works scheme. The Senate insisted that the implementation of the scheme remained under the purview of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE). 774,000 recruitment: Decentralise registration centres to LGAs Despite NASS-ministry row, youths await FG’s 774,000 jobs This followed a motion by Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central). The Red Chamber said N52 billion was appropriated for the NDE to implement the programme. It, therefore, asked the Ministry of Labour, Employment and ... more
  • 2 months Ortom suspends traditional ruler over crisis in Benue DailyTrust
    Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has suspended the District Head of Mbatser/Mbamusa in Konsisha Local Government Area while lifting suspension on three others in Kastina-Ala area of the state. The suspension of the affected traditional ruler, Zaki Mbanongun Gbakera, followed a recent crisis between people of his Konshisha area and an Igede community in Oju Local Government Area of the state. Court remands 2 Benue officials for N19m fraud Benue Assembly shuts down as Speaker, member test positive for COVID-19 Ortom said the resolutions were reached during a state security council meeting held at the Government House ... more
  • 2 months PDP dead scared of NDDC 19-year forensic audit — APC DailyTrust
    The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has claimed that the leading opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not interested in the current moves by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to reposition the NDDC. The APC said the PDP is “dead-scared” of the outcome of 2001 to 2019 forensic audit and legislative inquests of the NDDC operations. Edo gov’ship: APC, PDP bicker over recruitment of cultists Collapse of NDDC MD underlines weight of corruption in APC — PDP The PDP, in a statement on Monday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the “dramatic collapse” of acting Managing ... more
  • 2 months Nigeria extends ban on international flights DailyTrust
    The Federal Government of Nigeria has extended the closure of the Nigerian airports for international flights till October 2020. The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) to that effect informing stakeholders that the airspace would no longer reopen for international flights on August 19. FG under pressure to lift ban on international flights One week after flights resumption, airlines record 30% traffic The Federal Government of Nigeria had suspended international flights in March following the COVID-19 pandemic but it recently reopened the airports for domestic flights. However, there has been pressure, especially ... more
  • 2 months Impact of COVID-19 on Nigerian adolescents DailyTrust
    Nigeria, like most of the world, is grappling with its existence within this new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic. In my mind’s eye, I always imagined that in a pandemic, I would be hurdled up in some underground cave seeking shelter but alas, here I am spending all my time in virtual meetings and constantly sanitizing. We are in the 21st century and this is the 21st century’s response to a pandemic. In that regard, it is important to understand how the pandemic is affecting the real “owners” of the 21st century- Adolescents. The United Nations classifies people 10-19 years ... more
  • 2 months Buhari submits 2021-2023 MTEF/FSP for Senate’s approval DailyTrust
    President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the 2021-2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) to the Senate for consideration and approval. The Federal Government’s 2021 budget would be prepared based on the parameters and fiscal assumptions of the approved 2021-2023 MTEF/FSP. COVID-19: AfDB approves new five-year strategy for Nigeria Presidency justifies increment in amended 2020 budget Buhari’s letter, seeking the Red Chamber’s approval for the fiscal document, was read on Tuesday by Senate President Ahmad Lawan during plenary. The president said the early submission was to allow the legislature enough time to perform its constitutional duties ... more
  • 2 months Reps give Akpabio 48 hours to name NASS members who got NDDC contracts DailyTrust
    The House of Representatives has asked Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to publish, within 48 hours, members of the 9th National Assembly who contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). Ruling on a matter of privileges brought by Minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the Minister, who alleged 60 percent of contracts from the NDDC were given to members of the National Assembly, should publish the benefiting lawmakers, especially members of the 9th Assembly. He further said the names of their companies and the contracts they got should be published or face the wrath ... more
  • 2 months Reps probe sack of NSITF, MBET, TCN managements DailyTrust
    The House of Representatives has begun investigations into the alleged illegal removal of managements of three federal agencies by the Minister of Labour, Mr Chris Ngige and the Minister of Power, Mr Sale Mamman. The affected agencies are Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) and Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). What is wrong with NSITF? (II) FG sets up panel to probe alleged fraud in NSITF The investigation, which began on Monday in Abuja, was organised by an ad hoc committee of the house chaired by Rep. Miriam Onuoha (APC-Imo). Onuoha recalled that ... more
  • 2 months Abducted Taraba Police Imam regains freedom DailyTrust
    The Taraba State Police Command’s Imam, Mustapha Nuhu and Ikilima Auwal, the pregnant woman, who were abducted last week in Jalingo and Lau town in Lau local government area of Taraba state have regained their freedom. Daily Trust gathered that ransom was paid by the families of the two victims. Kidnappers kill two vigilantes in Taraba Two vigilantes killed, four wounded in gun battle with kidnappers in Taraba They were both released on Sunday night shortly after the ransom was paid by the family members as demanded by the kidnappers. Daily Trust finding revealed also that a former ... more
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